1975 Schwinn Continental

1975 Schwinn Continental
This is the bike before most of the restoration work - click to view full-size

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cycling is a bigger job creator in Europe than anything we are doing here in America


New video: the power of walking and biking advocates

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From: "Jeffrey Miller, Alliance for Biking & Walking" <info@bikewalkalliance.org>
Date: Dec 9, 2014 1:15 PM
Subject: New video: the power of walking and biking advocates
To: "Daniel Staffotf" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Dear Daniel, 

Today, people really want to live in neighborhoods where it's easy and safe to bike and walk. 

But strong communities with safe biking and walking options don't build themselves. They're the direct result of grassroots advocates' concerted efforts to improve streets for people. 

This fall, we held a Leadership Retreat to bring together 120 grassroots advocates who are working to make biking and walking better. Watch the video from the Retreat here.

Grassroots advocates find the places that need sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks. They work with members of the community to make sure that the transportation network works for everyone. They hold events -- walks, rides, community planning sessions -- to bring people together. They track transportation laws to make sure that walkers and bikers have a voice in the legislative process. 

And the Alliance makes sure that these grassroots advocates have the resources they need to do their jobs well. 

Watch our new video to see why these amazing grassroots advocates are so important:


Then, please make a donation to support the Alliance's important work to bolster the biking and walking advocacy movement. 

Together, we're building a truly People Powered Movement to advance walking and biking in North America. 

Thank you for your support. 


Thank you, 

Jeffrey Miller
President / CEO

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Register for 2015 GITAP Soon! Over one-third of capacity already reserved!

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Date: Dec 8, 2014 12:55 PM
Subject: Register for 2015 GITAP Soon! Over one-third of capacity already reserved!
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

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2015 Grand Illinois Trail and Parks


June 14 - 19, 2015

Register now for the 13th annual GITAP bike tour! Spots are going fast and over 1/3 of our 225 ridership capacity has already been reserved!  



This unforgettable six-day ride will be making a loop through Illinois prairies, farmland, woodlands, river edges, and towns and cities -- Kewanee, Hampton, Galesburg, Canton, and Chilicothe -- with significant history. Enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship, all in support of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions statewide. 


Highlights include:

  • Overnights at campgrounds next to Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
  • Two nights and layover day in Canton, near many cultural sites and scenic viewpoints.
  • The opportunity to ride to Lewistown on layover day, and visit the Dickson Mounds Museum, a National Historic Site and major U.S. archaeological museum.
  • An overnight at Galesburg's Carl Sandburg College on its spacious campus.
  • A Chillicothe campsite located close to downtown, in a green, open park right next to the Illinois River.


Ride Basics

  • A loop ride - starting and ending at Kewanee High School - with free parking for the week. Kewanee is also accessible by Amtrak - a great way to arrive car-free!
  • Many daily mileage choices totaling anywhere from 300 to 500 miles for the week.
  • Tent camping at county and city parks as well as one college campus.
  • All breakfasts and dinners included.
  • Showers and luggage transportation provided.
  • T-shirt, emergency SAGs, bike repair, and refreshment stops included.
  • Nightly meetings including our fun Velosophie program - discussions of interesting bicycling-related literature.
  • An optional five night package of motel accommodations (at extra cost).


Registration Information

GITAP has grown in popularity and ridership over recent years, and typically reaches or nears its maximum capacity of riders yearly. Registration is first-come, first-served, and we encourage you to register early.


Basic: $460       

Current LIB Members: $425                    

Children 12-15 years old: $345

Children 11 or under: $230

Add $25 for registering after June 1


Download the GITAP Registration Form for complete details and to register. 



Proceeds from GITAP directly support the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois. LIB is the statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, 

education, and safety. GITAP is sponsored by the League of Illinois Bicyclists with support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.




Experience Illinois' historic and cultural 

charms on scenic bike terrain with up to 225 other riders! We hope you'll join us!


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